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A look back at one of the most memorable moments in Bengals’ history: the Freezer Bowl. Le’Veon Bell reportedly passed up a record-breaking offer from the Steelers. One NFL player has an $11-an-hour offseason job helping people in need.

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How Karlos Dansby will know when it's time to retire
Former Woodlawn High School and Auburn standout Karlos Dansby will head to NFL training camp for the 14th year on Friday. Dansby made 114 tackles last year for the Cincinnati Bengals, the first of his 13 NFL seasons in which he wasn't a full-time regular. Dansby played in all 16 games, with seven starts, in his only season with Cincinnati.

FC Cincinnati hopes for assist from Dayton in joining MLS
FC Cincinnati, the second-year United Soccer League team, has a secret weapon it hopes will help it elevate to the country’s top professional rung, Major League Soccer: Dayton.

Bengals First 50 Countdown: 30-21
The Bengals First 50 recognizes the top 50 retired Bengals players as voted on by fans and media. More than 160,000 fan votes were cast, which accounted for 50 percent of the results. The other 50 percent was determined by 24 members of the media who have covered or currently cover the team. The final list features the top 50 retired players who received the most votes, rather than a predetermined number of players at each position.

Why the Bengals will make noise this postseason, Part 3: Jackson and Billings
The 2016 NFL draft resulted in some high-quality players for the Bengals, including WRs Tyler Boyd and Cody Core, LB Nick Vigil, S Clayton Fejedelem, and versatile G Christian Westerman. However, two very exciting prospects the Bengals drafted didn’t get to see the playing field. CB William Jackson III and DT Andrew Billings were selected in hopes of making immediate impacts to the Bengals very good 2015 defense. However, they both sustained injuries in training camp and were lost for the season.

BBP: Best of Bengals Influential 50
Bengals beat writers Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr. take you behind the scenes and into the best of the interviews done during the Bengals Influential 50 series. We walk through conversations with OC/coach Bruce Coslet, coach Sam Wyche, quarterback Boomer Esiason, agent Leigh Steinberg, quarterback Akili Smith and coach Dave Shula. Listen to the stories behind the stories from 50 years of Bengals football.

Bengals Throwback: Remembering the Freezer Bowl
If you happen to be a diehard fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, sudden memories are carved in stone. They’re the ones that make you smile and often times make you wonder why you still root for a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl. But, the bottom line is simple and rewarding. Being a Bengals fan is more than just counting rings and talking trash. It’s about the honor and history of the franchise. One of those historic memories is the Freezer Bowl.

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Le'Veon Bell Reportedly Rejected 5-Year Contract Offer from Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly made a huge contract offer to Le'Veon Bell before the star running back decided to play the 2017 season under the one-year franchise tender. Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Steelers' offer to Bell included $30 million in the first two years, $42 million over three years and an average annual value of $12 million.

Armonty Bryant, former Browns linebacker, suspended again for substance abuse

Former Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant, who played with the Lions last season, has been suspended for the first four games of 2017 after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Eisenberg: Drafting Marlon Humphrey Was One of Ozzie Newsome's Boldest Moves
The Alabama cornerback wasn't much of risk in terms of talent, but he isn't a projected starter this season and the Ravens could’ve used their first-round pick on a more immediate need.

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One NFL player has an $11-an-hour side job helping people
In case you were looking for a new NFL player to get behind in the 2017 season, ESPN’s Jenna Laine introduced us to Bernard Reedy who in addition to trying to secure a spot on the Bucs, has a job with a company called Care Ride that provides transportation to people in wheelchairs.

Lucky Whitehead’s dog was kidnapped, held for ransom, and then thankfully brought home
It’s rare that a Dallas Cowboys story completely takes us by surprise, but Lucky Whitehead’s dog being kidnapped was one for the ages.

Why the Panthers fired general manager Dave Gettleman
Retired NFL lineman and former Panther Geoff Schwartz has some thoughts on Carolina’s decision to fire their GM in July.

Who's No. 1? Top DBs Talk About the Future of the Position, Post-Darrelle Revis
The throne is vacated. You can hear it, see it, sense it across the country. At a LongHorn Steakhouse in Buford, Georgia, the quiet yet steely Desmond Trufant pauses for five seconds when asked if he's the best cornerback in football, finally speaking up when his girlfriend aggressively nods "yes."